Oskaloosa Moon

Gary Sutton

CreateSpace, 304 pages, (paperback) $14.22, 9780975962534
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

The nameless hero of Gary Sutton’s melodramatic novel is a striving outcast everyone in the little town of Oskaloosa, Iowa (a real place, by the way, southeast of Des Moines) just calls “Moon.” The bastard offspring of a round-heeled peroxide blonde and an Irish-Catholic handyman, he’s also cursed with a caved-in head shaped like a […]

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Pioneer Journey: A Family History Comes to Life

Alice Mergel Alme

Jadestone Press, 285 pages, paperback $15.95, 9780983604808
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Clearly a labor of love and family pride, Alme’s novel about her great-grandparents, immigrants who settled in Minnesota during the mid-1800s, captures many of the historical events and the social culture of the times.

Courageous and accustomed to hard work, both the German Mergels, her paternal ancestors, and the English-Irish Baileys, her maternal side, endured […]

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My 9 Photo Stories of the Paranormal

Karin Stewart

Xlibris, 84 pages, (paperback) $32.49, 9781456898069
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Karin Stewart has written an entertaining and intimate book about her experiences photographing the paranormal in My 9 Photo Stories of the Paranormal. Her slim book is a compilation of stories explaining the situations in which each photograph was taken and the accompanying shots, which often contain orbs or other odd distortions that she believes […]

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Southern Families

Michael V.C. Alexander

Xlibris, 259 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781462887934
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

This novel describes what happens during a quiet decade in a small Southern town. Lucy Summerlin, poor and unmarried, works for the richest family in Perquimmons City, North Carolina. She is ordered about by the odious Mrs. Merritt, made to clean and tutor the woman’s obnoxious children. She eats meager meals in the servants’ quarters […]

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To Cast the First Spell

John A. Buttrick

Xlibris, 205 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781425791988
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

To Cast the First Spell is a fantasy adventure set in a realm ruled by hierarchal guilds of Aakacarns: “Melody wielders” who can create powerful magic through music. It follows a young man with extraordinary latent magical abilities and his struggle to find his place in a world on the edge of an ultimate war […]

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Democracy on Trial

Dr. Richard Lasso

Xlibris, 382 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781450066853
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

After receiving a law degree in his native Panama, studying at the London School of Economics and settling in the United States as a political refugee because of persecution by a dictator back home, Ricardo Lasso furthered his already extensive education–as an autodidact.

Fascinated by the divergent evolution of government philosophies in the three countries […]

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The Amplified Light

Alice Brooks

Xlibris, 334 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781436378277
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

In The Amplified Light, English teacher, marriage counselor, and devout Christian Alice Brooks has created a daily devotional drawn exclusively from the Amplified Bible. Completed in 1965, the Amplified Bible sought to show the depth and texture of the language of scripture by “using synonyms and definitions [that] both explain and expand the meaning of […]

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The Bosses Club: The Conspiracy that Caused the Johnstown Flood, Destroying the Iron and Steel Capital of America

Richard A. Gregory

Xlibris, 399 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456860271
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

We’re all connected to history, but we’re not all as connected to the evolution of the iron and steel industry — and the most infamous location where that occurred — as is Richard A. Gregory. Descended from ironworkers, Gregory has used his ancestors as the main characters in his book, in order to depict this […]

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I Am…I Said

Harold "Hal" A. Corzine

Xlibris, 456 pages, (paperback) $23.99, 9781450050272
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

During his 33 years of federal service as an expert in meteorology, Harold “Hal” A. Corzine traveled far and wide sharing his deep knowledge on observing and forecasting the weather. Yet because of his busy schedule, his three children grew up knowing little about his own childhood, work and life experiences. This autobiography fills that […]

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My Blue Heaven

K. Hunter

Xlibris, 154 pages, (paperback) $19.99, 9781456839178
(Reviewed: September, 2011)

Sasha White is back in control of her life. The protagonist of K. Hunter’s novel My Blue Heaven has walked out of an abusive relationship. She’s moving up fast in the law firm where she works. She’s hitting the gym, dropping weight, and showing off her toned body in stylish clothes. So the new man […]

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